Drone Surveys

IMS are recognised commercial drone pilots, operating their small unmanned aircraft with a permission for aerial work from the UK Civil Aviation Authority. All flights are planned in advance and carried out with strict pre-flight checks and risk assessments. IMS offer unique aerial surveys using drone technology mounted with a 4K camera which provides footage and imagery of any areas of concern around all types of buildings and infrastructure. The drone can be flown to a maximum height of 400ft (120m) and a distance of 500m, with the pilot maintaining a clear line of sight with the drone at all times.

What was previously a difficult and expensive task can now be achieved much more cost-effectively using our small unmanned aircraft. Inspections of commercial/industrial buildings, roofs, chimneys, towers, stadiums, church spires and bridges etc no longer need expensive and time consuming mobile elevating work platforms or scaffolding. IMS can give you a series of high-resolution images and/or high definition video footage of inaccessible areas at height. You can even monitor the live footage being gathered on our remote ground station screens to make sure you’re getting exactly the images and video footage you require.

It is estimated that up to 40% of all commercial roofs will develop leaks within the first year of service. The average lifespan of these roofs is 7-10 years, but they can last as long as 20 years if they are correctly installed and properly maintained. Commercial roof maintenance is a vital part of keeping a property or building performing for you. Often the cause of roof failure is the absence of proper maintenance and inspection. Periodic inspections and routine maintenance to correct any deficiencies can significantly increase the long-term service life of any roof system.

Using small unmanned aircraft to carry out inspections and condition surveys, can increase efficiency and provide clearer data allowing defects or potential defects, to be identified and documented in a much more comprehensive way.

If you acquire a lease of business premises in the UK you may find that you have accepted a repairing liability. This means that you have to leave the property in a certain level of condition when you vacate the premises. To avoid ambiguity in liability when leaving a premises, many business tenants document the condition of their commercial roof areas. IMS drone operators can present a detailed and comprehensive schedule of condition report for tenants to attach and refer to in the lease documentation reference during an agreement.

If any areas of concern are identified during your survey, IMS can cater to your needs by covering all aspects of services required.


Significantly Reduced Access Costs
Issues are Instantly Identified and Quantified
High Resolution Images / High Definition Video Footage
Safe Quick Deployment with Minimal Disruption and Inconvenience
Prevent Potential Defects Occurring
Environmentally Friendly
Improved Client Presentations and Condition Reports